New online crime scene investigation course launched

21 August 2014

Crime Scene

Because the course is delivered 100% online, it fits around people's existing commitments. A combination of mini documentaries, interactive media and technical videos will teach students the application of forensic science techniques. 

Course developer and National Teaching Fellow Dr Ian Turner

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A new crime scene investigation course from the University of Derby Online Learning will lift the lid on the reality behind TV and film cop dramas.

The Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation course is aimed at those looking to study forensic science, people with a personal interest in the area or police and related professions who respond to crime scenes and victims of crime.

There will be four key stages to the course - introduction to crime scenes, crime scene investigation, forensic science techniques and the British judicial system.

Course developer and National Teaching Fellow Dr Ian Turner said: "Because the course is delivered 100% online, it fits around people's existing commitments. A combination of mini documentaries, interactive media and technical videos will teach students the application of forensic science techniques.

"An exciting part of the course will be the opportunity to navigate a 360 degree virtual crime scene, collect and analyse evidence, write a statement of evidence and prepare a statement of evidence for a court of law. This will allow the students to test out what they have learned throughout the course and demonstrate the application of the various techniques used by real life CSIs."

The crime scene was filmed at the University's new specialist training facility, based in what appears from the outside to be a typical family home, close to its Kedleston Road campus. The state of the art crime scene training facility is due to be launched later this year and will be used by students on forensic science degree courses at Derby.

The 20 week part time online course is available to start in September, February or May. More information can be found at www.derby.ac.uk/online/course/forensic-and-crime-scene-investigation.

For more information contact the University of Derby Online Learning on +44 (0)1332 593701 or through the website www.derby.ac.uk/online/contact-us.

For further press information please contact Alice Oliver, University of Derby Head of News, on 01332 592032 or email: a.oliver@derby.ac.uk

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